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I went through this site Touch/Emulator - Ubuntu Wiki but I'm still not sure how to install Ubuntu Touch Emulator on 13.10. The site pointed me to: “android” package : Ubuntu, for downloading a .deb package but I wasn't sure which package to download. I need clear instruction on how to install the ubuntu touch emulator.

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Install the dependencies with the following PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phablet-team/tools
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-emulator


To install the Ubuntu Touch x86 Emulator, paste the following in your terminal:

wget -O /tmp/emulator-x86.tar.bz2
tar -jxvf /tmp/emulator-x86.tar.bz2
cd emulator-x86
./ #this will download the ubuntu rootfs and create the sdcard image

To run the emulator:

cd emulator-x86; ./

Scale down the window

If the emulator window doesn't fit in your screen, the you can resize it, by going In the ~/emulator-x86 folder, edit the file, and add in -scale 0.5. To scale it down half the size.

 exec emulator -memory 512 \
    -scale 0.5 \


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UPDATE Author of article has since added: "for faster startup and better .. overall performance, try .. x86 Emulator preview." – david6 Mar 9 '14 at 8:47
@david6, thanks! been meaning to update this, but I kept forgetting. – blade19899 Mar 9 '14 at 10:50

You are using ubuntu 13.10 (saucy salamander) so download this .deb package.

After that open the terminalctrl+alt+t.Go into the directory where .deb package is downloaded.

cd /path/to/the/directory/where/android.deb/file/is/located
sudo dpkg -i android_20131006-1510-0ubuntu6_all.deb

Now the emulator will be installed and you can use it.

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Is it the same package for all versions below 14.04 or is it only for 13.10? – Akas Antony Dec 9 '13 at 7:56
the .deb file link i posted is only for ubuntu 13.10 – Avinash Raj Dec 9 '13 at 7:57
I downloaded and installed the package but I'm unable to launch the emulator or locate the emulator directory. – Akas Antony Dec 9 '13 at 20:08

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